Operational in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, Happy Head Clinic is India’s first homegrown IV remedy and wellness clinic, with Rana Daggubati on board as an investor and model ambassador
At first, IV remedy seems like a gimmick or a wellness celeb craze pushed by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Khloé Kardashian. Social media gave a glancing view of the intravenous wellness journey that reportedly had customers glowing from inside, feeling like they will compete within the Olympics, or serving to them get better from a hangover.
So when Happy Head Clinic, Hyderabad was launched in February 2021 by founder Dr Venkaiah Mulakalapalli (with the Bengaluru setup having opened in November 2021), I used to be curious to grasp IV remedy by a first-hand expertise. While the clinic does each on-site and at-home procedures, I opted to go to the house. The clinic can be open to collaborating for curated gatherings or occasions; for instance, in 2021, Happy Head went to Goa, on the request of a household internet hosting a marriage, with the ‘Nutri Glow’, ‘Hangover’, ‘Myers’ Cocktail’ and ‘Cleanser’ IV baggage for the company.
As I stepped in, I used to be met with a minimalist and spa-like house unfold throughout three flooring; there’s a consulting house, a curtained-off part for one-shot vitamin injections, a number of rooms with recliners for solo or group classes, an al fresco house for these eager to bask within the solar whereas they get their drip achieved, a pathology lab for blood work, and even an oxygen bar.
As I fill out an ID kind for the clinic (detailing my allergy symptoms and different elements of medical historical past), I’m handed a brochure that lists 13 IV therapies. Each goals to ship distinctive mixtures of important nutritional vitamins, minerals, and amino acids instantly into the bloodstream for well being, wellness, and therapeutic. For instance, the Hangover remedy contains vitamin B6, Thiamine, Magnesium and Glutathione, whereas ‘Nutri Glow’ presents Glutathione, vitamin C and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). The clinic can even combine the therapies, if suggested by a health care provider.
Going by all of the permutation-combinations of nutritional vitamins and minerals can really feel like mind overload: Happy Head inspired me to seek the advice of with their in-house physician about which one remedy would work finest for me. Dr Mounica Vadlamani really useful the Myers’ Cocktail – a concoction of B nutritional vitamins, vitamin C, Zinc and Magnesium – provided that I had been feeling low on vitality whereas combating by waves of migraines for the previous few weeks.
The myths and the info
Though IV remedy is really useful for migraines and power fatigue, Dr Vadlamani says they provide a large spectrum of therapies for people who find themselves effectively, however need a simple increase. Most IV drips comprise magnesium, vitamin C, calcium and a few B nutritional vitamins, that are all useful. So, she says, individuals who wish to increase their athletic efficiency, as an example, can even profit from IV remedy.”
A fast Internet search of IV remedy in India does convey up different names akin to pan-Indian Dr Jamuna Pai’s Skin Lab — which primarily presents Glutathione and Vitamin C combos for aesthetic capabilities — or Reviv — a US-based model that has clinics in Las Vegas, Mumbai, Nairobi, Dubai, New York and Sydney — amongst different cities. However, Happy Head is Hyderabad’s first homegrown IV wellness clinic. Dr Vadlamani says, “After the consultation, we personalize each drip depending on the symptoms, concerns and health requirements of the patient.”
Dr Vadlamani additionally breaks down the advantages of IV remedy, “While we may do our best by popping supplements to increase immunity, we may absorb only 30 to 40% of oral supplements. With this process, she claims, your body absorbs a higher percentage of these nutrients.”
I’m escorted to a personal room the place a nurse data my blood strain and weight. She has me extending my arm the place the IV drip will go. She numbs and gently disinfects the realm across the medial cubital vein and very quickly – with barely a prick – the needle is inserted. She reveals me the 500ml bag of the Myers’ Cocktail and hooks it as much as the IV stand. “This whole procedure will take about 45 minutes,” she explains, “and if you feel any nausea or headaches, which is rare, please let us know immediately. We will also be in shortly to adjust the flow of the drip.” Sometimes, she says, individuals are suggested to take 1000ml if their hydration ranges are extraordinarily low.
She then leaves the room, however not earlier than handing me a distant to the wall-mounted tv. But I forego the streaming and as a substitute choose to chill out with my eyes closed. Forty-five minutes and a circulation adjustment later, the nurse gently removes the IV needle and locations a bandaid on my inside arm. I don’t really feel dizzy nor do I really feel any migraine approaching. I stroll across the house.
By the time I head house, my pores and skin appears to be like much less boring. Could or not it’s the hydration and vitamin increase? For the subsequent few nights, I additionally discover myself sleeping higher, as promised by the magnesium increase. Some Google and deep dives into Reddit (which included individuals suggesting you “just go eat your fruits and vegetables instead”) reveal there are individuals who have skilled comparable outcomes with IV remedy. (That stated, the remedy will not be designed to interchange a wholesome way of life and balanced weight loss plan. You can simply eat your vegatables and fruits as a substitute, for optimum well being.)
Nevertheless, IV drips have gotten more and more well-liked as luxurious wellness merges with medical therapies in an countless quest for efficient magnificence hacks. Actor Rana Daggubati, who has been open about his personal well being struggles, had lengthy been vocal about bringing new-age authentic wellness options to India. Perhaps, that explains why the actor is on board as a model ambassador and early investor.
The IV therapies at Happy Head Clinic institutes in Hyderabad and Bengaluru are priced between ₹6,000 and ₹13,000, relying on which is usually recommended in your general well being’s wants and objectives. Visit www.happyhead.in for extra info.